I’m having a debate/ raging argument with a friend about whether or not people get sick from food poisoning more often in Taiwan than in countries like Britain, U.S., etc.
Perhaps I should restrict the debate to us foreigners here in Taiwan. Have you been sick from dodgy food more often than you have back home? Seems like once a year I get something and spend a day off work sitting on the toilet, head over a bucket (and that’s not easy when you’re a penguin). It sucks major league, but in fairness to Taiwan I don’t think I get the trots any more frequently here than I did in U.K. Maybe it’s individual constitution.
What does bug me (pun intended) though is blatantly sloppy hygiene practices or complete lack thereof that you see. If some people involved in food preparation could just have the slightest of clues about how to avoid giving someone the shits I’d be a happy man indeed.
My most recent episode of Taiwan Tummy was traced to some street vendor clams (I know I know - stooooopid). I went back afterwards and mentioned (in a very non-confrontational way you understand!) that I thought perhaps their clams had given me the runs. Actually I was pissed off as I had felt really ill for a day and half, lost pay as a result.
The woman just laughed nervously and said, “Oh that’s probably my daughter. She probably did not put enough ice on the clams.” :shock:
That was it! That was her explanation, no apology, or ‘here have some noodles on the house’. I don’t know what I expected, but I really wanted to stuff a few of those clams down her stupid, heavily pregnant 17-year-old daughter’s throat and see how she liked it. OK - that’s the end of my rant. Thanks for listening.